Paea (knee) told Cowboys coaches Wednesday he would retire from professional football, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Paea has been dealing with this nagging knee injury for weeks, but he only missed the Cowboys' past game against the Packers. With the injury apparently impacting Paea's desire to play, the veteran defensive tackle will call it quits after a solid seven-year career that also included stops in Chicago, Washington and Cleveland. David Irving, Maliek Collins and Brian Price are now the remaining defensive tackles on the Cowboys' roster.
Paea didn't practice for the second consecutive week and won't attempt to play through the injury against the Packers. David Irving, who will make his season debut after completing a suspension, and former Packer Brian Price will likely be on tap for increased snaps in Paea's stead Sunday.
Paea (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Paea did not practice for the second consecutive week, although he did still play 29 of 69 defensive snaps against the Rams last Sunday. Things reportedly aren't as optimistic for the veteran defensive tackle this week, but he is still likely to be a game-day decision.
Paea did not practice this week and was listed as questionable, but it appears the Cowboys were just being cautious. The veteran defensive tackle played 46 of 77 defensive snaps in Week 2 and is likely looking at a similar workload Monday.
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